Thursday, May 26, 2016

Trouble in Trump paradise as bickering among top aides leads to another "You're fired" moment.

Karen Giorno with Donald Trump.
Courtesy of Politico: 

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign on Wednesday night announced it had parted ways with its national political director, Rick Wiley — a move that appears to stem in part from an ongoing turf war atop the campaign. 

Wiley was the first high-profile hire by Paul Manafort, the veteran GOP operative who Trump brought on board in late March to help professionalize a campaign that had cruised through the GOP primary season with a skeleton staff.

But Manafort and Wiley quickly found themselves at odds with Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and key members of the team he had built. 

Sources in and around the campaign told POLITICO that Wiley was not responsive to Lewandowski or other officials from the old regime, and that he had clashed in recent weeks with Karen Giorno, a Lewandowski ally who ran Trump’s campaign during the Florida GOP primary. 

Gee another organization put together by Donald Trump is starting to crumble? Who could have predicted such a thing?

You know, besides everybody.

By the way if you think that the name Karen Giorno sounds vaguely familiar well you are probably right.

Also courtesy of Politico:

The consultant Donald Trump hired in November to lead his Florida campaign abruptly resigned from a previous post with Gov. Rick Scott’s administration after a blow up at a Disney G.O.P. fundraiser, according to former party and administration staff.

Karen Giorno, who served as Scott’s external affairs director in 2011, now has the title of southeast political director for Trump’s campaign. Scott has also endorsed Trump's campaign. 

That year, the keynote speaker at the Republican Party of Florida’s Victory Dinner was Sarah Palin. 

Giorno wanted better seating for the Palin family at the Victory Dinner, according to the sources, which led her to try and rearrange seating in the ballroom at the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa where the event was being held.

She received complaints from RPOF staff who had made the seating charts, and was reminded the event was a political function and that she worked for Scott’s administration, an official state job. 

“She was upset about how things were working with the Palin Victory Dinner event,” said a former party employee. “She yelled at RPOF staff and got into an altercation with some fundraising folks, then was summarily told to leave the room and not come back.”


Kind of makes one wonder if this most recent conflict was in some way Palin related as well.

Or perhaps it is yet another weird Palin coincidence.

(H/T to Martha.)

P.S. Since this post mentions Palin I should let you guys know that the trial call for Track's case has once again been continued.

I wonder how many times they can actually do that?


  1. Anonymous2:10 PM

    Unfortunately, I think this is a net positive for Trump's campaign.

  2. Anonymous2:16 PM

    Anyone else find that thumbs-up right at her exposed boobs creepy? Do all the women around Trump have to show cleavage? OK, stupid question.

    1. Every picture of him is creepy and nauseating.

    2. Anonymous2:58 PM

      Every single one. When I first saw Melania I wondered how she could bear looking at him, but she looks like such a 1950's sci-fi movie alien with the work done on her face and she acts so plastic and still can't manage a sentence that isn't by rote Trump-speak. She's a robot and happy being one. All that's required of her is that she stay thin because he needs his piece of ass, as we all know.

  3. Anonymous2:38 PM

    Trump seems awfully "handy" in that photo.

    1. Anonymous2:55 PM

      Yeah, and I can imagine him thinking about what he once said about the Apprentice contestant making a pretty sight down on her knees. He's such a pig.

  4. Anonymous2:40 PM

    I wonder how many times they can actually do that?
    Oh probably until Jordan is ready to drop another palin bastard.
    Disgusting breeders.
    They should be all spayed and nurtured.

    1. Anonymous4:07 AM

      I'm sure that was autocorrect fail, but it made me laugh. If those kids had gotten any nurturing, they wouldn't be such a damn mess.

  5. Anonymous2:47 PM

    Progressives, liberals, and Democrats are coming together to hammer Donald Trump for his sexist attacks on Elizabeth Warren.

    Trump only has three lines of attack against his opponents. He will either go conspiracy theory, bigotry, or personal insult. Donald Trump is not a tough nut to crack. He doesn’t have any policy positions, so he never going to defend those. His word is meaningless, so what he believes today, he won’t believe tomorrow. Trump needs to be approached like the reality television star bully that he is.

    Sen. Warren has Trump figured out. She doesn’t come after Trump with facts, numbers, and his own contradictory statements. Warren attacks the things that Trump’s ego values the most. Sen. Warren goes after his wealth, his business success, and his brand.

    Warren is off-the-cuff, free-wheeling and direct in all the ways Clinton is cautious and rehearsed. But it is a reinforcing rather than an invidious contrast and likely helps bring to the surface Hillary's progressive background that has been buried by decades at the pinnacle of Democratic party politics and years as the punching bag of the left of the party which feels excluded by the seemingly endless Clinton ascendency.

    It may sound crazy to attach so much to her recent Twitter contretemps with Donald Trump. But the tone, rhythm and style are exactly what the Democrats need to knock Trump down and bring out his toxic mix of personal insecurity and emotional instability. It's not over-earnest or off-key or droning (traditional Democratic tonalities - let's be honest). She's mocking, substantive and constantly on target.

    Indeed, Trump's responses to Warren, his attacks on her, make it clear to me he'll have a hard time handling her.

    1. Anonymous3:54 PM

      And, Trump continually shows the racist he is when it comes to Elizabeth Warren. 'Pocahontas' is the nickname he has given her due to her Cherokee blood.

      Too bad Elizabeth isn't a male Cherokee as he/she could then scalp the weird back flap of hair that sits atop and appears to be a tail on the fat head of The Donald! He so richly deserves that type of treatment!!!

    2. Anonymous4:27 PM

      Senator Warren is HANDLING dRumpf like a wet diaper..@ arms length heading for the trash! Believe me, she has a hold on him right where it counts.

    3. Anonymous4:47 PM

      +3:54 Yep. That hair would attract multi flies then.

    4. Anonymous4:56 PM

      BINGO. You nailed it. - sjp

    5. Anonymous11:48 PM

      Her cherokee blood lol. Sure thing.

  6. Anonymous2:57 PM

    I wonder how many times they can actually do that?

    Bristol got a speeding ticket sometime in January, 2008, and her simple traffic ticket case was continued and continued, at least for six months and maybe until October.

    You know what Sarah Palin says. I'll keep on doing it until the courts tell me that I can't. Well, if you keep stalling and stalling, they can't tell you anything which looks like the Palin Plan to avoid the consequences of bad behavior. The police may not show up, but the police report will still be there. And Track already had a good sized warning left over from The Brawl. Jordan can claim that they kissed and made up, look they have a baby, but the police reported finding her cowering under the bed. She's the one who called the police. It's all in the police report. Maybe Sarah is hoping that the police report will get misplaced.

    1. Anonymous4:07 PM

      I think you fell for an internet-created rumor. Pick any Palin-family member and there's a wealth of behavior worthy of criticism. There's no need for rumors or exaggeration which may detract from the fact-based criticisms and give Sarah room to play victim.

      Bristol got a ticket for 'failing to exercise due care to avoid collision' on 2/11/08 (Sarah's birthday). She was in court and found guilty on 2/26/08.

      She had more than one speeding ticket in 2007. I think all were handled by the court in the usual manner--none were continued.

  7. Anonymous2:58 PM

    What's with that thumbs up thing? Is Trump still in high school?

    1. Anonymous3:48 PM

      Every photo taken of him for the past weeks show him with his thumbs up! Guess he's constantly wanting us to think they are 'huge'! He's sure not a winner in my eyes for POTUS! Thumbs down, Donald!

  8. Anonymous3:02 PM

    Maybe Track is in treatment for alcohol/drugs/personality disorder?

    1. Anonymous7:41 PM

      If he can look sober we will see him with Todd, Chucks, Dr. Paranjpe, Mr. Loewe and the children they can round up. Like they did with the women. It is the thing to do when they unite a happy family. Now that Sarah's favorite son is a man and supporting his growing family, there will be some great times to share with all the fans (C4P and those).

      Track building his new house and helping his step father to heal. The things that make her fans the happiest. Sarah may be able to join Trump again soon. If Trump has any problems with filling jobs, Sarah will help.

      She must be so relieved that Todd is healing and Track is a man with a family now. No child support trouble foe Track Palin. He has been so good to Britta in that way. You will never hear a news story with Track like the Daily Mail one here. Bristol sure has messy relations with fathers.

  9. Anonymous3:32 PM

    Yeah, that's a real tight reach around. A non-sexual pic would have his hand on her shoulder bone. But then, he has such LITTLE hands.

    1. Anonymous4:23 PM

      Wow, some people read a lot into pictures. Nit a tRump fan by any means, but I guess people see what they see.

    2. Anonymous7:42 PM

      Don't ridicule the hands!

  10. Anonymous3:32 PM

    Yeah, that's a real tight reach around. A non-sexual pic would have his hand on her shoulder bone. But then, he has such LITTLE hands.

  11. Anonymous3:40 PM

    I'd forgotten about the Giorno/Palin connection. There's more:

    SarahPAC and Karen Giorno, Kingston Public Affairs

    July 1, July 26, Aug. 25, 2015 payments for $10,000 each to new SarahPAC fundraising consultant, Kingston Public Affairs, 22 Williams Rd., Kendall Park, New Jersey 088241446

  12. Anonymous3:40 PM

    Rumor has it that he's attending that Rolling Thunder thing on Memorial Day that $arah did years ago. I swear that she's a closet adviser to him. He sounds just like her.

    1. Anonymous11:50 PM

      You guys are really stretching your Palin imagination obsession.

    2. Anonymous6:06 AM

      11:50 PM Trolling causes schizophrenia.

  13. Anonymous3:47 PM

    Gryphen, do you have any details/know whether Track's case was called and started?


    A 'Trial Call' usually means several cases are scheduled for the same day and the court may not get to all of them. The docket shows another 'Trial Call' on June 16 and I wonder if they may again not get to Track's case.

    1. Anonymous3:57 PM

      I don't give a crap what happens to Track Palin. He's a LOSER.

    2. Anonymous7:45 PM

      Track is a father! He fought so you could say that.

      BTW. When is father's day. Will Dakota fly in to celebrate with the huge growing family?

    3. Anonymous6:04 AM

      7:45 PM The only fighting done by Track was at the Drunken Family Brawl. Get real, Palinbot.

  14. Anonymous3:58 PM

    OT, regarding the Palin front.

    Daily Mail has story that Levi is being ordered to pay Bristol 60 grand child support.
    Bristol Palin's ex-fiance has been ordered to pay $62,000 in unpaid child support after a lengthy battle over their son's upbringing.

    Levi Johnston, to whom 25-year-old Palin was twice engaged, was told he faces the bill increasing with interest if he does not pay up.

    The exes have been arguing in court for more than a year, and a hearing was scheduled to take place last September.

    But Palin and Johnston filed a joint motion to vacate the hearing and reached a settlement on custody and child support.

    And on May 24, the judge presiding over the case awarded Palin with $61,915 in child support, which will continue to grow with interest until Johnston pays off the debt in full.

    1. Anonymous5:34 PM

      Who cares.

    2. Anonymous7:18 PM

      For Pete's sake that is a new article. Gee, I was sure Sarah would have called up the Daily Mail with the exclusive on Track Palin. She can be so proud of him since he will be paying all that child support. He never got behind with Britta, they are happy. He has the guns.

      Now he has a new liter to whelp and support for 18 more years. He doesn't even work but he will never miss a child support payment to Britta. Jordan is a lucky mother, just in case things don't work out.

    3. Anonymous9:01 PM

      People that care about a parent that pays child support payments will care. I don't know the money details but some cases can be over burdensome and unfair.

      Tripp seems to be with Levi and Sunny more now. Too bad he can't live there.

      We know Bristol got away with child endangerment and various things at the Anchorage brawl. They were able to hide most all of the facts when Todd had his incident and it sounded like his dealers or other criminals dropped him off in a parking lot. Now he is on legal painkillers, you know how those stories go. What all Bristol and her baby girl were up to is secret. Bristol does expose her kids to danger and likely bad company. It was most likely more criminal child abuse that night. The night Track Palin terrorized the woman he knocked up, they had been at Bristol's house with her children. He most likely had a gun. Bristol has no social awareness and she could care less about others and safety. She had drunk Jordan drive Track back to Sarah's where his anger went off.

      Bristol in another situation where she could have had charges filed regarding failed and dangerous parenting, Not fit to have children. For certain she needs supervised visits.

      It is like no one in her circle in Wasilla and nearby give a damn about kids and doing right. what all are they protecting and why? Why risk well being and safety of so many children?

      Britta must know more about all the Palins and what happens with young children. She chooses to be complicit. She was lucky her father helped her and they could get the girl named after a liar and a killer away from crazy disturbed Track. Sailor, Tripp and Trig will not be so lucky.

  15. Anonymous3:59 PM

    Track's a jerk. He was "raised" by a grifter and a pimp. Time is not on his side.

  16. Anonymous4:16 PM

    Meanwhile. Never, ever, marry a Palin. Palin's should be made to wear warning stickers on their foreheads.

    1. Anonymous5:05 PM

      Bet that story was planted to detract from the possibility of negative news about Track's scheduled court appearance. I wonder what story they'll come up with as detraction on the new June 16 court date.

  17. Anonymous4:36 PM

    Well this is good. Sick of this fat pos orange orangutan. I cut off cable b/c tired of programming from the media in my brain. So i think about Hillary winning.

    1. Anonymous5:10 PM

      I've stopped watching cable news, too...even Maddow, Hayes, and O'Donnell. Can't deal with it.

    2. Anonymous6:06 PM

      Nor can I, 5:10 PM, but never miss Bill Maher.

    3. Anonymous7:11 PM

      How about Netflix or an alternative?

    4. Anonymous11:49 PM

      I stopped watching MSNBC. Their corporate overlords are for Trump, and they bow down to their corporate overlords!

  18. Anonymous6:20 PM



    Sanders camp: We hope Trump doesn't 'chicken out' on debate

    Bernie Sanders' campaign manager said Thursday he hopes Donald Trump does not "chicken out" after the two talked about the possibility of a one-on-one debate, but the presumptive GOP front-runner said he'd "love to debate Bernie."

    "We are ready to debate Donald Trump. We hope he will not chicken out. I think it will be great for America to see these two candidates and the different visions they have for America going forward," Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Thursday. "What we'll have to see, Wolf, is does Donald Trump have the courage to get on the stage with Bernie Sanders. That remains to be seen."
    Trump made it clear Thursday that he wants to follow through with the debate.
    "I'd love to debate Bernie. He's a dream," he said in Bismarck, North Dakota.


  19. Anonymous6:35 PM

    Things are moving quickly, ADN has an article about Track and Veterans Court. Check out the Veterans Court website and note there is a strong article against including domestic violence cases.
    One has to wonder why the court is considering this option for Track Palin. Is the court running out of patience given the brevity of the situation and the obvious avoidance of the accused? Sarah Palin would benefit if her son was considered a PTSD victim rather than a very troubled man. What influence do the Palins actually have in this situation? Is the court not considering past criminal behavior by Track Palin in its bid for the Veterans Court option? Something does not add up in this situation. Politics are being played in very high places.

    1. Anonymous8:05 PM

      I am so happy for Track.

      Everything can be handled in private. He will not have to have the rude public see him and know every little truth about matters.

      Whoever decided this court is wonderful.

    2. Anonymous3:53 AM

      Be happy all you want to. PTSD is a lame excuse; his problems started WAY before Mommie Dearest conveniently shipped him off for political cred.

      You are some kind of stupid.

  20. Crystal Sage6:46 PM

    Bernie even has a song out to woo the Super Delegates. Heard it on Bob and Chez Show. He's delusional.

    1. Anonymous8:03 PM

      Larry David isn't funny either. I hope he quits SNL. No one gets his humor and no one likes him.

  21. Anonymous7:10 PM

    Have you checked out Healy Baumgardner. She is his Sr Press Representative. Looks like he got her after she flunked out at Fox News. She has the looks but will it last?

  22. Anonymous11:09 PM

    Well, of course he wasn't going to fire Giorno. She's stacked and too pretty.

  23. I imagine that Track will delay his trial long enough to claim that they violated his right to a speedy trial. Yes, with the right lawyer you can make that work in your favor.


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